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May 03, 2005

How United Launch Alliance Came To Be

Can Lockheed-Martin's Joint Venture With Boeing End Years Of Bitter Rivalry?

It's a bit of a shock. Not that the aerospace arms of Lockheed-Martin and Boeing aren't struggling to some degree -- in the post telecommunications boom era, that's a given. It's not even that the two have spotted economies of scale in a partnership that would produce most of the launch vehicles for NASA and the Air Force. What's surprising is, after years of bitter rivalry, executives from these two aerospace behemoths could even sit in the same room, much less strike a deal.

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Awarded Contracts For Embraer's New VLJ and LJs

P&WC has secured two important wins in the very light jet and light jet markets with the selection of the PW617F and the PW535E engines for the new Embraer VLJ and LJ business and general aviation aircraft.

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USMC: One Pilot Found Dead In Apparent F/A-18 Crash

Search Continues For Second Pilot

Early Tuesday morning (local time), search teams located the body of a pilot from one of two missing U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 aircraft from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

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Aero-News Alert: AOPA’s Boyer to Tell Congress “Don’t Fund FAA with User Fees”

Phil Boyer, president of the 404,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, will tell members of the House Aviation subcommittee tomorrow that user fees are the wrong way to fund the FAA.

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First Flight: Gulfstream G150

First Flight Pilots Report 'G150’s Flying Qualities Are Outstanding'

Gulfstream's newest business-jet aircraft, the wide-cabin, high-speed Gulfstream G150, has successfully completed its first flight.

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ERAU Prescott Wins SAFECON 2005

Golden Eagles Flying High

By ANN Contributor Mark W. Dickey The "Golden Eagles" from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott, AZ campus have captured the National Championship Trophy (sponsored by Cessna Aircraft Company) for the '05 season.

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Alaska TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/3453 Issued: 05/03/2005 20:20 Effective: Immediately - Until Further Notice State: AK Facility: ZAN - ANCHORAGE (ARTCC),AK. Type: HAZARDS Description: HOMER ALASKA.

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Minnesota TFR: 05.04.05

NOTAM: 5/3452 Issued: 05/03/2005 20:10 Effective: 05/04/2005 16:30 - 05/04/2005 17:45 State: MN Facility: ZMP - MINNEAPOLIS (ARTCC),MN. Type: HAZARDS Description: ELY MN.

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NTSB Learns From Singapore Airlines Mistake

US Agency Recommends Modifications To 747 Flight Management Software

It happened more than two years ago as a Singapore Airlines 747-400 was taking off from Auckland, New Zealand, headed for Singapore. The flight crew rotated to V1 -- but far too early, according to New Zealand investigators. As a result, the plane's empennage dragged along the runway for more than 1,500 feet before V2.

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Shuttle Test Underway At KSC

...And The STS-114 Commander Is Just Fine With Delay

With the space shuttle's Return to Flight delayed for at least two months, Discovery's crew is getting in a little extra practice this week. Commander Eileen Collins and her six crew members were at the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday for a countdown exercise to be conducted before the space plane is rolled back to the Vehicle Assembly Building. There, engineers will further modify Discovery's external fuel tank to mitigate the possibility that falling debris might damage the orbiter.

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Aero-News Alert: Cargo Plane Explodes Over New Zealand

Aircraft Was Reportedly Carrying Mail

REAL TIME UPDATE 1707 EDT -- A Fairchild Metroliner carrying mail from Auckland, New Zealand to Blenheim apparently exploded in flight Tuesday night, killing both pilots on board. Search crews swarmed toward the crash site at approximately 2015 local time after scores of callers flooded emergency dispatchers with reports of loud explosions and brilliant balls of fire.

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Boeing, Lockheed Martin to Form Launch Services Joint Venture

Former Rivals Say They'll Team Up And Split The Proceeds

Boeing and Lockheed Martin say they've agreed to create a joint venture that will combine the production, engineering, test and launch operations associated with US government launches of Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas rockets. The joint venture, named United Launch Alliance, will reduce the cost of meeting the critical national security and NASA expendable launch vehicle needs of the United States.

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NASA Science Team Testing Innovative Plasma Technology

It Could Propel Future Deep-Space Missions

A team of engineers and scientists led by NASA have begun investigating the physics and performance of magnetic nozzles -- innovative devices that could support development of plasma-based propulsion systems.

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NATCA's Annual 'Communicating For Safety' Conference

Controllers, Pilots To Meet In Milwaukee To Exchange Ideas

More than 250 pilots and air traffic controllers from around the country will gather on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4, for a unique annual aviation event: The National Air Traffic Controllers Association's "Communicating for Safety" conference.

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NBAA Board Elects Four New Directors

US Senate Leader's Brother Among Them

The NBAA Monday announced the election of four new Directors.

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AEA Honors Tom Greer And EDMO Distributors

Southern Avionics' Greer Named AEA'S Member Of The Year

Tom Greer of Southern Avionics in Mobile, AL, was honored during the Annual Awards Luncheon at the 48th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Convention and Trade Show in Dallas, as AEA's Member of the Year.

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Meteorlogix Introduces MxVision WeatherSentry Airport Edition

Advanced System Provides a Holistic Integrated Weather Solution for Airport Operations

Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix, DTN's brand of commercial weather services, is out with MxVision WeatherSentry Airport Edition at the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) conference and exhibition. The new weather system is an integrated solution allowing airports to access all the relevant weather data in one easy-to-use system, which conveniently displays weather information for intelligent decision-making.

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Aspen Airport Becomes Laptop-Friendly

New Public Wi-Fi Service from Opti-Fi Networks Is Up And Running

Opti-Fi Networks says Wi-Fi service is now available at Aspen-Snowmass Airport, CO, gateway to the scenic Aspen recreation area.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (05.03.05)

"We have no choice now but to plan for a strike at some point soon. We're tired of subsidizing mismanagement that predates the 9/11 tragedy. United is not only destroying our livelihoods, but our retirement security. With the acquiescence of the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, United is digging into taxpayers' pockets to pay for management's long history of under-funding pension plans, even in better economic times, and failing to adapt to changes in the airline industry." Source: AMFA National Director O.V Delle-Femine, who says the union is preparing to strike against United Airlines.

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